Still working my way through that Dvořák CD (it’s a two disc set). I got to the last item on the program, the Op. 47 bagatelles, and a few minutes into it had one of those WAIT A MINUTE WHAT THE HELL IS THAT moments.
Turns out it was a harmonium!
In other musical news : because someone knew someone, the Bulgarian State Opera came here to perform at the university arts center several summers in a row. According to my opera-fan colleague: “the guy singing the duke in Rigoletto had a really heavy Bulgarian accent, but my wife [his wife is Italian] was the only one who noticed.” I am not making this up, and I sure wouldn’t complain if they came back.
Also, I discovered that a book that I thought was not on the shelf at the library and thus missing is actually checked out to me, in the sense that I have it, but not in the sense that it is in the system as being checked out (honesty test! The circulation desk needs to be more careful about scanning things) – and, finally, courtesy of a colleague who told me a wonderful story about her and her brother sneaking their pet tortoise along on a trip from Egypt to London as children: in an x-ray machine, a pet tortoise in a backpack looks very much like a grenade.